It’s the start of a new year here on the Farm, and that means new classes, new dorms, and a big switch from life at home during the summer with family to life on campus surrounded by amazing students and faculty.
As I’m writing this, it’s the end of week five. There are ten weeks in our quarters, plus finals week, so that means that we’re halfway through, and it’s midterm season.
Thinking Matters courses are meant to help freshman students develop a sense for what constitutes a genuine question or problem and how to address it in a creative and disciplined manner. Through an emphasis on critical analysis, close reading, analytic writing, and effective communication, a liberal education enables students to make connections across many fields of study that will inform their future intellectual work and life after Stanford.
I’ve talked about language classes before, but I wanted to come back to the topic now, because I’m taking a different type of language class this year and it’s been great so far!
As a Classics major concentrating in Latin, I (quite obviously) have to take Latin classes throughout the year. Today in Intermediate Latin, a course in which we’re translating Caesar and Vergil, we took a field trip to Green’s Special Collections—literally, a collection of special stuff. There’s the original script of Star Wars, the Gutenberg Bible Leaf, a bunch of rare maps, and pretty much anything you could think of…